Cruelty to animals; increases penalty. (SB1604)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cruelty to animals; aggravated cruelty; penalty. Increases from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony the penalty for cruelly and unnecessarily beating, maiming, mutilating, or killing a dog or cat. Current law requires that the dog or cat die as a direct result of torture, or inhumane injury or pain, before the violation is a Class 6 felony. Amends § 18.2-403.2, § 3.2-6569, § 3.2-6570, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/17/2019: passed committee


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104235D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/10/2019Impact statement from VCSC (SB1604)
01/17/2019Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (15-Y 0-N)
01/17/2019Rereferred to Finance

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